Self-run ... sort of: Upstairs, the waitstaff runs food and fill drinks, as well as answer questions about the menu and ordering system, but guests decide how much interaction they want. On iPads, diners peruse the menu, learn about ingredients, get background on wine and send orders themselves.
They then can watch the progress of their meal on a ticker on LED screens overhead that automatically sync to the kitchen.
This week's head-spinning restaurant moments included a suggestion in court that the "b" in IHOb stood for "bad news for Applebee's." That's just one of the long-shot gambles that came to light as oddsmakers considered the likelihood of restaurants charging into sports betting and who'll win the chain vs. independent bout.